Lotherton closure frequently asked questions

What is open?

The below areas are open or due to open shortly and admission charges are now in place.

Tickets can be purchased online now and we encourage pre-booking as numbers will be limited each day.

Members do not need to pre-book before arrival.

  • Grounds and gardens – fully open
  • Café – open on a takeaway only basis with limited menu
  • Wildlife World – open 11am – 5pm
  • Toilets – open 9am – 5pm

Last admission is 45 minutes before closure.

The estate is open to visitors who visitors travelling by car and on foot. We want to continue to encourage people to take the opportunity to exercise outdoors by using their local park or green space.

If visiting the estate please continue to follow guidance around social distancing.

Please be aware that the gates to the grounds are locked at 8pm.

Can I walk my dog?

Yes. Please ensure dogs are kept on a lead in designated areas and that you continue to follow guidance around social distancing if you choose to visit the park. Please take your dog waste home as we do not currently have the capacity to regularly empty public bins on the estate.

What measures are in place for the toilets?

We request that visitors follow the below guidance to protect everyone:

  • Do not enter if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) or any of these symptoms: cough | fever | shortness of breath
  • Please wash or sanitize your hands on entry and exit
  • Maintain social distancing
  • If it is busy, please wait outside and form a queue

We encourage everyone to bring their own hand sanitizer when visiting Lotherton.

What measures are in place for the café?

The below measures and guidance is in place for the protection of visitors and staff:

  • The café is open on a takeaway only basis
  • We have a one way route and social distancing guidance in place
  • We have installed a perspex screen to minimise contact
  • We prefer contactless payments but will accept cash
  • We are not currently accepting reusable cups to ensure the safety of our café staff
  • There are benches and plenty of grassy areas for seating around the grounds

What measures are in place at Wildlife World?

Wildlife World is now open. Opening times: 11am – 5pm, last admission 45 minutes before closing. Please follow the on site guidance which includes the below:

  • Maintain social distancing
  • Guidance arrows for visitor route
  • Shortcut to exit

When is the Hall reopening?

The Hall is currently closed but is due to reopen soon. We will provide updates on this page and via our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels when we have a date for reopening. We are currently putting relevant measures in place to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff.

When the Hall reopens there will be the below guidance in place:

  • Small social groups of up to 6 people
  • We advise 20 minutes per group
  • One way route around the ground floor only: Drawing Room, The Great Hall, Boudoir, Medal Room, Library, Dining Room
  • Maintain social distancing
  • No large bags or rucksacks, please leave them in the car before entering the Hall
  • Prams/pushchairs are to be left outside in the porch and collected afterwards

When can I see the Making Japan exhibition?

The upstairs of the Hall is currently closed, you can see it here Making Japan online exhibition.

What is happening to the events programme?

All events are currently postponed until further notice until we are able to put systems in place to ensure the welfare of our staff, members and visitors.

What will happen to my annual membership?

All current memberships will be adjusted to reflect the period of closure to ensure that everyone can get the full use of their annual membership.

We will be reactivating the membership period from 29 June 2020 we will be contacting all members regarding their extension period shortly.

If you are a member and not on our mailing list, please email [email protected]

How are you protecting staff?

We are maintaining social distancing and limiting the number of staff in an area at any one time.

Information regarding Leeds Museums & Galleries

For more information about how Leeds Museums & Galleries is responding to COVID-19, please visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page.

This page was updated: 30 June, 2020